Thursday, February 25, 2010

Magdalena Boys Clinch No. 2 Seed In District

By Nicky Romero
For The Mountain Mail

MAGDALENA -- The Magdalena Steers finished their regular season basketball season by splitting two district games. They clinched the district 6-1A runner-up position and gives them a #2 seed in this week's district tournament.
Magdalena (18-5, 10-2) beat Alamo Navajo High School on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at home by the score of 72-36.
They now advance to the second round and will play Menaul High School at home on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 6 pm. If successful, they will than have to travel to Gallup Catholic on Saturday, Feb. 27 to play for the district championship at 3 pm.
Magdalena's chances of placing in 1st place in district fell short against Menaul High School in Albuquerque on Thursday.
Menaul (19-7, 9-3), third in district, narrowly
Menaul led at halftime 25-18 at halftime. Magdalena than took the lead 34-31 at the end of three quarters, but was outscored 11-7 during the final period. Reg Peralto was the only player in double-figures with 17 points.
Magdalena than returned home for “Senior Day” on Saturday, Feb. 20.
Their opponent were the Gallup Catholic Panthers who are in 1st place in district play. Magdalena lost by 13 points earlier in the season to the Panthers. Magdalena returned the favor and won 54-41.
Gallup Catholic clinched the top seed and a bye in the district tournament. They are now 18-7 and 11-1 in district.
Five senior players and their parents were honored before the game. The players were Ryan Alguirre, Gene Leseberg, Bryce Milligan, Reggie Peralto, and Abie Pino.
Against Gallup Catholic, Magdalena had a high-scoring 1st quarter. Thanks in part to Peralto's two 3-point shots and Alguirre's 5 points, Magdalena led 21-13. In the second quarter, Peralto hit another 3-pointer and Bryce Milligan added 4 points, to take a 30-19 lead at halftime.
Coach Jory Mirabal was proud of his team's effort, “The boys came out and played. Up there the difference was they put a lot of pressure on us with their full-court trap and we didn't handle it. Today the boys handled the full-court trap. Basically that was the difference in the two games.”

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